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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:05 PM
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Breaking News: All electronic voting machines in Houston TX burned this AM
Edited on Fri Aug-27-10 12:28 PM by demodonkey
According to the Houston Chronicle, all the electronic voting machines in Houston TX were burned up in a fire early this AM. Apparently 10,000 Hart/Intercivic eSlate paperless DREs destroyed.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/717396...

Hopefully for replacement they will do the smart thing in Harris County and move to voter-verified paper ballots.

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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:07 PM
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1. I hope it was all insured
That could add up to a lot of money.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:10 PM
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2. Hopefully for replacement they will do the smart thing in Harris County and move to voter-verified
ballots, Let's hope no similar tragedy occurs anywhere Else.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:17 PM
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3. Are you SURE that would be a bad thing? I realize if somethig like that
happened in most states that use them, the mfg's couldn't make enough machines in time for the Nov. elections, so those states would HAVE to resort to paper ballots. I happen to think that is a GOOD THING.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:23 PM
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4. No one would suggest that any one commit and illegal act such as intentionally burning every BBV
machine in the country the week before the election.

No mater how much good it would do: it would be wrong to suggest it.
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:35 PM
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6. Nothing in the article suggests arson at this time.
Edited on Fri Aug-27-10 12:40 PM by demodonkey

It says that the fire is being investigated, which is normal for a large fire. And the election begins in 52 days, not next week.

My county had several DRE voting machines burn up in a fire a a polling place in a VFW the day before our Primary election this Spring. Turns out a faulty ice machine in the VFW's bar was at fault.

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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 03:45 PM
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8. No one is suggesting it, despite all the good it would do. A quick way to free and fair elections.
Edited on Fri Aug-27-10 03:46 PM by Stevepol
but nobody is suggesting it in any way.

Still, the copy-cat impulse is quite strong and some people might be prompted to do it. This, despite everybody suggesting that they not do it or even think about it.

No one should even think of destroying voting machines.

I hope everyone will remember never to think of destroying the voting machines.

For one thing, it's much harder to cover your trail if you're an arsonist than if you're just stealing elections that can result in endless wars and perhaps the destruction of the known universe by idiots elected only in cyberspace.
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 12:11 PM
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12. Not necessarily. See post # 9. nt
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 12:33 PM
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5. Good. (nt)
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 02:19 PM
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7. Answer "A good start" n/t
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 07:01 PM
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9. Who benefits from such an event?
Who benefited from the FL CD-13 debacle?

Who benefited from the Sequoia FL 2000 punch card scandal reported by Dan Rather?

And who benefited from HAVA?

One answer is: vendors.

And they don't care if it's DRE, op scan or Internet voting, as long as they make money off some new voting system. :popcorn:
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 08:44 PM
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10. Until we have a sound election system
in the US, we should not be called a democracy.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 09:38 PM
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11. THESE voting machines are fireproof.
'Cept for the curtain.





Just sayin'.

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